HCC’s Film/Video Production and Special Effects program offers training for one career path with five specializations in the film industry. Students studying traditional Film/Video Production will learn all phases of filmmaking, pre-production, production and post-production.

Degrees and Certificates

Filmmaking - AAS

Filmmaking - Certificate - level II

Filmmaking - Audio Post-Production - Enhanced skills Certificate

Filmmaking - Film/Video Production Specialization - Certificate

Filmmaking - Screenwriting Specialization - Certificate

Filmmaking - Film/Video and Special Effects Specialization - AAS

Filmmaking - Film/Video and Special Effects Specialization - Level I Certificate

Filmmaking - Film/Video and Special Effects Specialization - Level II Certificate

Filmmaking - Editing Specialization - Certificate

Program Information

General Requirements

In this innovative hands-on program, students work with HD and 16mm film cameras and edit with both non-linear digital and traditional equipment. During their academic career, students perform every function necessary to complete theatrical, documentary, and docu-drama style films: scriptwriting, producing, directing, acting, shooting, budgeting, managing and serving as crew.

After their first year, students refine their skills through the rigorous application of their craft in advanced areas of theatrical, feature and documentary film production. Upon graduation, students pursue careers in all levels of the film industry.

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) allows students to earn only one AAS in Filmmaking. Students may choose from one of the following two specializations: General, or Film/Video and Special Effects.

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) allows students to earn only one Certificate in Filmmaking I. Students may choose from one of the following four specializations: Filmmaking Editing, Film/Video Production, Filmmaking Screenwriting or Film/Video and Special Effects.

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) allows students to earn only one Certificate in Filmmaking II. Students may choose from one of the following two specializations: General or Film/Video and Special Effects.

TSI testing required prior to first enrollment for all AAS degrees and Level II certificates.

Program Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Compose effective treatments and scripts for use in common video and film genres including documentaries, dramas, commercials, news, and public service announcements.
  • Demonstrate the preparation needed for film and video production, management (including budgeting, supervision of personnel, permitting, scheduling and guild/union relations) and post-production supervision.
  • Describe accepted film industry distribution processes including promotions, advertising, and publicity.
  • Demonstrate industry standard film/video editing and post-production processes used in the completion of shorts, trailers, documentaries, and features.
  • Apply cinematographic concepts to film/video projects including camera setup, lighting, and scene design.
  • Develop professionally acceptable resumes, demo reels and interview techniques needed for employment within the film industry.

Employment

There are 1,004 Stage, Motion Pictures, Television, and Radio Directors employed in the Greater Houston Area. This number is expected to decrease by 0.7% over the next four years.

  • The estimated annual of job openings is 39 jobs a year.
  • Median Wages - $20.53 hourly, $43,000 annually